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Gemma Taylor

Researcher (Alumni)


Lancaster University

A bit about Gemma Taylor

Baby media are highly prevalent in children’s day-to-day lives including storybooks, children’s television, DVDs, video games and more recently, mobile apps. I am interested in how infants and young children learn from baby media. During my PhD at the University of Sheffield, I looked at the relationship between infant visual attention when learning from television and learning outcome. I have since completed a Post-Doc at Binghamton University in New York looking at the role of visual attention on the transfer deficit, a phenomenon whereby infants and young children typically learn less from baby media than they do from a live interaction.

My Role in LuCiD

I was a Research Associate and Babylab Manager at Lancaster University. Within LuCiD, I investigated word learning by infants and young children aged between 6-months and 3 years. Specifically, I  looked at how infants and young children transfer words learnt from baby media to the 3D world.

LuCiD publications (8) by Gemma Taylor

Taylor, G., Kolak, J., Bent, E. M., & Monaghan, P. (2022). Selecting educational apps for preschool children: How useful are website app rating systems? British Journal of Educational Technology, 1-24

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P., & Westermann, G. (2018). Investigating the association between children’s screen media exposure and vocabulary size in the UK. Journal of Children and Media., 12, 51-65.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Children’s verb learning from touchscreen apps. Poster presented at the Lancaster Conference in Infant and Child Development, Lancaster, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Children’s verb learning: Touchscreen apps versus live interactions. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society: Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Belfast, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). Can children learn verbs from touchscreen apps? Paper presented at The 2nd International LuCiD Language and Communicative Development Conference, Manchester, UK.

Taylor, G., Monaghan, P. & Westermann, G. (2016). The role of storybooks and screen media exposure on children’s language development. Poster presented at the International Conference on Infant Studies , New Orleans, LA, USA.

Taylor, G. & Herbert, J.S. (2015). The role of language cues on flexible memory retrieval at 12-months of age. Poster to be presented at the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology , San Sebastian, Spain.

Frost, R., Twomey, K. E., Taylor, G., Westermann, G. and Monaghan P. (2015). Word for word. Nursery World Magazine, 27 July, 21-23

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